Lego statue of much-loved Roald Dahl character is unveiled at Nottingham Train Station

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A giant Lego model of a popular children's book character was showcased at Nottingham Train Station to mark Roald Dahl Day.

The statue based on the main character from George's Marvellous Medicine is 1m tall and is made up of 9,510 bricks and was revealed this morning (September 13).

It took 57 hours to build and was unveiled as part of national Roald Dahl Day.

The annual event - which is on the author's birthday - is also being celebrated by children across the country today by dressing up as their favourite book character.

Commuters passing through the station this morning thought the idea was a "grand one".

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The statue is around 4ft tall and is made entirely out of Lego

The statue is around 4ft tall and is made entirely out of Lego

Shop assistant Candice Smith, of Beeston, spotted George on her way to work and said it gave her a "wry smile".

The 34-year-old said: "I haven't read the books in many years, but when I saw the statue this morning my memories of them just came flooding back.

"It is so nice to see, and such a lovely idea for the kids. I have a wry smile on my face now after seeing it today."

Nottingham is one of just six locations chosen to host a Lego Roald Dahl Hero - and it's all down to its status as UNESCO City of Literature.

Lottie Felt came into the city to visit a friend from Newark and said it was a "nice surprise to see".

The 43-year-old said: "I knew what day it was today as my kids have gone to school all dressed up. It's a grand idea.

"It's a nice surprise for me to see on my way through, the detail is amazing. I'll have to bring my kids to see it now, they will love it."

George is expected to stay put in the station greeting people as they walk in, but it is unknown how long for.

James Hardy, 28, of Mansfield, added: "I love anything Roald Dahl and I think most people do. They should do more of these - create a trail of them like other companies do.

"Never mind kids liking it, I love it. I've just been stood admiring it, and reliving my childhood all over again."

The statue features the character George with a medicine bottle in his hand and a magnifying glass

The statue features the character George with a medicine bottle in his hand and a magnifying glass

Sandeep Mahal, director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, said: "We're thrilled to be one of only six locations chosen to host a Roald Dahl child hero for Roald Day Day 2017, and are looking forward to seeing the people of Nottingham share their selfies with George.

"Whether you're a child or a child at heart, Roald Dahl is an absolute icon, and this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate his work."

Bernie Hall, of Roald Dahl's Literary Estate, added: "We are so thrilled that George will be making his way to Nottingham, as part of all the inspiring activity happening around creativity and invention in this UNESCO City of Literature.

"It's the perfect location for him, and a wonderful way to celebrate George and all Roald Dahl's amazing child heroes this Roald Dahl Day."

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